The Night Bird
Homicide detective Frost Easton doesn’t like coincidences. When a series of bizarre deaths rock San Francisco—as seemingly random women suffer violent psychotic breaks—Frost looks for a connection that leads him to psychiatrist Francesca Stein. Frankie’s controversial therapy helps people erase their most terrifying memories…and all the victims were her patients.
As Frost a...more
It's somewhat compelling, I'll give it that. Creepy masks, hidden memories, and a series of really bizarre deaths that all lead back to controversial psychologist - Fran ...more
The strong points of the novel are both ...more
The mind is fragile, even a healthy one. Manipulation of a person's mind and its memories is all too easy for some. Coaxing a better outcome to a memory may have its advantages, or it may sully a lesson learned. Here, we have one who is trying to erase damaging memories, and another who is trying to bring those worst memories to life.
Night. That's when the Night Bird comes out to sing. And to play. It may begin with the quiet menace of a text message, or a song that b ...more
And if you had the opportunity to completely erase the worst memory of your life......would you?
Dr. Francesca Stein, a San Francisco psychiatrist, has entered into a groundbreaking field of psychiatry. She is working with her patients to unshackle themselves from traumas and phobias that seem to suffoc ...more
I worked out the "big reveal" waaaaay too early and while I fancy myself smart, I'm no Stephen Hawking, which means that in the end it wasn't much of a re ...more
The Night Bird is one of those books that you ONLY keep reading because the mystery is just good enough to hold your attention. For the most part, I found Freeman's writing style alienating enough that I could not be invested in any of the characters. The climax - alth ...more
And what if that memory kept you from living a normal life? Terrified you to the point you can't live your life normally? paralyzed when faced with something that reminds you of a bad memory?
Would you be willing to let someone play in your head to manipulate those memories? Make it go away? That is what Dr. Frankie Stein does. A psychiatrist, Dr. Stein works ...more
Question. Is it okay to risk another’s life or happiness simply because you really want something?
What is your worst memory? Would you erase it if you could?
These three questions are central to Brian Freeman’s newest creation, The Night Bird. Dr. Francesca Stein, Frankie to family and friends, is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating patients with phobias. More specifically, she uses a ...more
The book focuses on Francesc ...more
The book begins with the death of a young woman who throws herself off the Golden Gate Bridge, seemingly for no valid reason. Dete ...more
Well except within the setting, where rain occurred.
Anyway I digress - The Night Bird is a truly excellent crime novel with an intricately woven plot and an eerie sense to it that doesn't bode well if you don't like to sle ...more
Read the book two in this series first, that one was better than this. Only character that is believable is Frost Easton. Didn't know there was that many phobias. This book was free with audio, kept me entertained while doing my needlework.
I think it says a lot that I made it almost to the end and still didn't find it worth finishing.
Oh well, onto the ...more
What 20-something listens to th ...more
Frost is the detective in the book and he does a great job. He has a pretty dark past and the killer in this book did his research on everyone he ha ...more
The theme of memory is handled exceptionally well. The author takes us deep into philosophical issues such as whether memory makes us who we are, whether psychiatrists have the right to erase traumatic memories, and, if they do, can that cause unexpected repercussions. I don't know of anyone who doesn't have some sort of unwanted memories. This story made me think about what might happen if those memories were to simply disappe ...more
The Night Bird is the first book in his new "Frost Easton" series. I thoroughly enjoyed this thrilling mystery and look forward to the next in the series.
I recommend it to fans of psychological thrillers.
Also what a weirdly placed cat..
While picking my books for the Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge, I was sure to fit this into my rotation (prompt 26: a book with an animal in the title) and picked it up on January 1; now tha ...more
Interesting concepts, well-plotted but the characters needed to ...more
I wish I had passed on this one. Kept with it hoping it would be more believable as the plot developed, but it didn’t. The premise had promise, but in the end it was like an interesting idea that you take down rutted old roads.
The characters didn’t seem to be the seasoned pros they were meant to be, though they had potential.
The writing warred with itself, ranging from competent to immature.
Not awful, yet persistently disappointing.
Other than a brief lull in action from the middle of the investigation that I found to be a bit repet ...more